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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 27 June 2018 —Today, the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) adopted a decision on addressing the threat from chemical weapons use.
The Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention concluded its Twentieth Session this morning at the World Forum in The Hague. The Conference was Chaired by H.E. Ambassador Eduardo Ibarrola-Nicolin of Mexico. The Conference adopted a number of decisions, including its Programme and Budget for 2016 and also a Report with recommendations that will serve to guide the work of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) over the coming year.
OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, today announced that 90% of declared chemical weapons had been verified by the OPCW as destroyed. This includes stocks of unitary weapons, such as sulfur mustard, and primary precursor chemicals for producing deadly nerve agents, like sarin. All destruction activities have been completed in a safe manner.
“This is a major milestone that shows we are well on the way to ridding the world of chemical weapons,” said Ambassador Üzümcü.
At a special meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) today in Ieper, Belgium, commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the first large-scale use of chemical weapons during World War I, the 190 States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention issued a declaration reaffirming their commitment against chemical weapons.